Wednesday, 18 September 2013


A new season usually means there's a shit load of new releases to review. Here's some interesting stuff...

Darkside sees Nicolas Jaar and Tim Hecker join forces. Enough said.

Islet will release, 'Released By The Movement' on 7 October via Shape Records. Expect echoing vocals and scuzzy post-punk guitar with a good helping of personality.

Crowd pleasers Haim seem to have been everybody’s every second word this summer. I’m almost sold and reckon this is going to be a fun and likable album that perhaps could have done with an earlier summer release. I personally found 'The Wire' a bit empty (controversial) but 'Falling' is a decent track and prompted some good remixes. Anyhow, it’s going to be big.

Axel Wilner, under The Field makes some really fresh minimal ambience. His latest release 'Cupid's Head' (30 Sep, Kompact) is going to be THE dark winter nights soundtrack if it's anything like 'Then It's White'.

Ok, so this one was actually released back on the 10th but it’s a corker so had to be on the list. Released on Young Turks, FKA Twigs, a young and illusive artist is doing fine stuff for British RnB. Soooo good!


Danny Brown’s a bit of a character isn’t he heh. With friends such as Rustie, Schoolboy Q, Kitty, Ab-Soul, Purity Ring, Charli XCX, Mr. MFN Exquire, and Oh No his latest due out on the 30th can’t fail to be interesting. Scuzzy in your face rap from this relentlessly surprising chap.

Experimental Producer Daniel Lopatin, under the guise Oneohtrix Point Never, has been delivering some cracking albums. From ambient synth drones to some A1 sampling, this next offering (due Oct 1 on Warp) is looking like it’s going to be a twitchy analog heavy wonder.

Kanye West and Pharrel Williams have produced tracks on Pusha T’s forthcoming album, released under Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint on Oct. 8. Pretty foolproof plan right there. 

Tim Hecker’s latest Virgins (due for release on  October 14 on Kranky /Paper Bag) was created in three cities - Seattle, Montreal and Reykjavik – and I’ve been listening to it none stop for 24 hours now. Basically it’s music crack and I'm more than happy to be your dealer.

'Bring the Noize’ showed some promise that M.I.A was back on the form that caught our attention back when she released ‘Bad Girl’s’ and was sadly lost with her 2010 album. No wallflower this one, this album will be interesting but there's a bit of a wait until Nov 5 to find out if that’s a good thing.

DJ Rashad is pretty prominent on the Chicago scene and judging by this latest track, 'Don't Give a Fuck', it’s for good reasons. October 22 sees his new LP Double Cup released on Hyperdub and, as per, we’re going to hear Rashad play to the techno beats of his own drum and base. (sorry)

Theo Verney's brand of gritty guitar music is pretty good. Having just finished touring with Parquet Courts (who?) Theo is set release an limited edition (300)'Heavy Sun' EP on October via Hate Hate Hate. 

Also, Chvrches and Justin Timberlake's new offerings are obviously going to be decent. Mazzy Star releases first stuff for 15 years and Arcade of Fire is going to get talked about - A LOT!

Right, that'll do for now. Go listen.
BTW - I will probs update this as I go along.

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